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Battling Blueshirts Defeat Atlanta 3-2 in a Sensational Shootout

New York, NY - The New York Rangers (28-19-3) defeated the Atlanta Thrashers (23-18-9) by the score of 3-2 in hockey action on Saturday night. As these two teams would battle for position in the Eastern Conference-Rangers currently in seventh place and Atlanta in eighth place The Blueshirts who had to battle through much adversity to earn these two points, coming back twice in one game along with losing several core players throughout the night. In spite of those injuries it was a shootout goal by Mats Zuccarello on a 10 foot wrister that would give the Rangers the victory. Atlanta struck for the first goal on a 12 foot wrister by Nik Antropov (eight), at the 6:47 mark of the first pe...

Rangers Get Swept up by Hurricanes, 4-1

New York, NY - The New York Rangers (27-19-3) were swept away by the offense of the Carolina Hurricanes (23-18-6) by the score of 4-1 in hockey action on Thursday night. The Hurricanes were able to get on the board in the first period of play, at the 5:39 mark when Chad LaRose (10) wristed home the first Carolina goal. Setting up that goal was Jeff Skinner (22) and Tuomo Ruutu (26). Carolina would strike for their second goal of the game on a power play opportunity at the 14:43 mark when Jussi Jokinen (12) would tip-in the puck for the 2-0 lead. Brandon Sutter (eight) was able to backhand the third Carolina goal at the 5:41 mark of the second period of play giving the Hurricanes to mak...

Happy 50th Mess!!!

Today is Mark Messier's 50th birthday. Days like this make me feel old. Mess was my absolute favorite player growing up and the one guy I would have emulated my game after had I had any. He is the reason I am a Rangers fan today. And today my idol is a half-century old. I read an interesting question on TSN today. They wanted to know who the fans thought was the greatest Captain of all time. Messier was a candidate of course. As was Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic and Wayne Gretzky among others. Of course my vote was for Mess. Here's the thing; while he played on tremendously talented teams, I contend he was the straw that stirred the drink. The Great One was ...

Rangers Should Value Their 2nd Round Picks

How quickly fans can forget. It's that time of the year when fans play GM for their team and create trade scenarios to benefit their favorite team out of thin air. Ranger fans, myself included, are no exception. Many of the different trade proposals we've made as Rangers fans are based on the two second round picks we have; our own and the one we received courtesy of Carolina for sending the Hurricanes Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. However, before we so freely give away one of those picks in any trade for a rental player, maybe we need to consider how valuable those picks can be. Since 2004, the Rangers have had great success with players they've selected in the second round. Here's ...

Fixing the Blue Shirts Problems

Here we sit, roughly a month-and-a-half away from the trade deadline. The New York Rangers have scratched and clawed their way to a 5th place tie in the Eastern Conference despite not boasting much in the way of top notch talent. They've relied heavily on their youth this season giving key minutes to players like; rookie Derek Stepan, big center Brian Boyle, 2nd year player Artie Anisimov, rookie defenseman Ryan McDonagh, etc. As rosy as things look right now this team still has some weaknesses and it wouldn't be surprising to see Glen Sather address those prior to the deadline. Obviously we have to remember we have a salary cap to deal with. The CBA and the salary cap it provides is not ...

Post Game Quotes from the Rangers 1-0 victory over Vancouver

The New York Rangers (26-16-3) defeated the Vancouver Canucks (28-9-6) by the score of 1-0 in hockey action on Thursday night. Keeper Henrik Lundqvist was named to the first star of the night making 31 saves. For the Rangers netminder it would be his sixth shutout this season while being the 30th time he was able to blank a team in his career. Newly acquired winger Wojtek Wolski scored the lone goal, while being named to the second star. Here are some quotes from the locker room from the Blueshirts after their big victory: Wojtek Wolski: On the game: "We played incredible. The whole team played awesome. It was good for me to get my first goal and it was amazing that we got a sh...

What Makes Slats Such a Keen Trader

Glen Sather: the man, the myth, the legend. Okay, that’s not exactly how Rangers fans feel about him. After all, he has nearly crippled us with his careless off-season spending sprees on underachieving veterans thus prohibiting us from actually acquiring useful players and causing us to treat our own free agents in the type of miserly fashion Ebenezer Scrooge would have appreciated. But somehow he has exhibited a tremendous knack for fleecing rival GM’s in the trade market. First Slats righted the wrong of pretending speedy Center Scott Gomez was actually a legitimate super star. He was able to shed the remaining 5 years of a $7.35 million annual cap hit deal to Montreal. In return w...

Rangers Make Smart Move Getting Wolski

As you are all aware by now, the Rangers took a step toward replacing the offensive void (HAHAHAHA, couldn't resist being sarcastic there) opened up when it was announced LW Alex Frolov would miss the balance of the season due to a knee injury. Glen Sather and his old friend and former assistant, Don Maloney, hooked up on a deal which will bring LW/C Wojtek Wolski to NY. In return, the Coyotes add Defenseman Michal Rozsival. Initial reaction from Rangers fans was disbelief. As in how could Sather have fleeced Maloney; a guy who up until now had proven himself a smart and capable manager. Rozsival, despite playing big minutes for the Rangers, was a frequent target of Blue Shirt faithful wh...

Road Warrior Rangers Defeat Blues 2-1

New York, NY- The New York Rangers (25-15-3) continue to reign in the NHL as road warriors, and held on to that title with their 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues (20-14-6) in hockey action on Sunday night. All of the offensive action for both squads happened in the second period of play. St. Louis was able to strike first when Brad Winchester (7) was able to tip-in a 24 foot shot, which was set up by Eric Brewer (5) and Brad Boyes (13) for the 1-0 lead. The Blueshirts were able to strike back though on a pretty play at the 9:12 mark. Brandon Dubinsky (19) and Mats Zuccarello (3) were able to get the puck to Derek Stepan. Stepan (12) would quickly put in a 19 foot wrister to make th...